When Intellectual Property is used online, the potential for infringement is enormously great. Owners of Intellectual Property on the internet, are often times the victim of copyright (stolen blog posts, photos) and/or trademark (business names, blog names, logos, tag lines, etc.) infringement. Infringement in cyberspace is simple and easy to accomplish. Infringers can simply copy [...]Read More
In light of the recent Library of Congress archive of all of our “tweets”, Twitterers need to be more cautious and cognizant of what they discuss or tweet on Twitter. Now most of us keep it simple and don’t engage in legal pitfalls such as defamation, terrorist threats, pornography, disclosure of private information, or intellectual [...]Read More
Social Networks and Terms of Service Agreements. Read the Intellectual Property Clause Before Clicking Yes!
Every time we join a new social network, there is always a page or pop-up that requires us to read, acknowledge, and accept the network’s Terms of Service Agreement. Unfortunately, most of us never take the time to read the Terms of Service Agreement. As a result we agree to terms that we may not [...]Read More
Inaction in policing your trademark can lead to a bar to sue for trademark infringement. In addition, failure to prosecute infringers usually is evidence of a weak mark. As a result, challengers can petition the USPTO to cancel your trademark registration. Find out how to protect your trademarks at all costs to reap all the benefits that trademark ownership offers.Read More
Rapper 50 Cent is suing the popular website WorldStarHipHop.com for using his image/likeness without his permission. Basically, the website used the rapper’s photo on its home page…like a banner. 50 cent claims the site’s use of his image resulted in increased traffic for the site and the public perception that 50 cent was affiliated with [...]Read More